Testimonial for Shannon Mathews CD(DONA)

I hired Shannon to assist me in my goal of a med-free, vaginal birth. When my wife and I first met Shannon we immediately knew we were in good hands! She could sense my caution with my med-free plan, and my fear of the unknown (this being my first pregnancy.) She was able to recommend an excellent Bradley Method instructor, and she used her connections to help me get transferred to a midwife/ob group that was so much more supportive of my birth goals (at 37 weeks!). I know 100% that Shannon completely changed the trajectory of my birth experience before even stepping foot in the hospital

She also really took the time to get to know my wife and I before I went into labor- we went over my birth plan, she asked me how I personally dealt with pain management and stress. Through our conversations she got to understand the dynamics of my relationship with my wife. She did the work and positioned herself to be the BEST possible advocate and support person for us on one of the most exciting, challenging, intense days of our lives!

The day that I went into labor, she arrived at the hospital quickly and was an active participant the whole time. I was out of it, and hearing her voice made me feel so safe. I heard her supporting my wife and talking her through what I was experiencing. I heard her reminders that my body was doing what it was supposed to, and there was nothing wrong. Her breathing suggestions eased my discomfort and pushing suggestions sped up my labor during that final stage. Shannon made sure that I was changing positions to progress when I probably would just stayed in the fetal position! She advocated for a squat bar when my midwife thought I might be a little too tired to push in that position, having already pushed for 3 hours. I am so glad she did. The squat bar made me feel in control- probably shaved hours off of my labor time. Her calm, competant presence is something I want for any future birth experiences!

 

-Holly Draper

November 02, 2023

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Shannon Mathews CD(DONA)

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Birth Fee: $1250 to $1750

Postpartum Rate: $50

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Birth Fee: $1250 to $1750

Postpartum Rate: $50

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